I apologize in advance for the length of this post .
I came across your excellent site while researching different CD burning software. I canâ€™t seem to find the answer to my question by using â€œsearchâ€ and reading FAQs â€“ probably because it is so basic. Hereâ€™s the background: I am a music fanatic, but unfortunately my computer knowledge is very rudimentary. I have a 4 year old Dell PC, with Pentium III and 450 MHz â€“ when I purchased the computer, it came with Win98 and Adaptec Easy CD Creator (and a Sony burner). I bought â€œCD Stomperâ€ to make labels and I was successfully burning CDs, making labels etc.
Then, a month ago, my computer had a total meltdown and had to be â€œflattenedâ€ and rebuilt. I now have Win2000, and Roxio Easy CD Creator 5, which doesnâ€™t seem to have the features of my old Easy CD Creator (e.g. no jewel case label maker that I can see). I have the disc for the original Adaptec program, but it wonâ€™t work with Win2000. I also donâ€™t want to buy the â€œPlatinumâ€ version because I donâ€™t think it has everything I need (details below).
So hereâ€™s the dilemma: I need direction on what to buy. All I need is a burning program that hopefully has a built-in jewel case labelling feature. Only other things I would like (that I didnâ€™t have before) are:
i) level-matching feature (to avoid shocking volume changes due to new mastering techniques vs. old)
ii) the ability to do simple top/tail and/or fade-in/fade-out digital editing. Cross-fades would be really cool too.
Based on what I found on the Internet, I downloaded the trial versions of Cakewalk Pyro and Nero 6. The Cakewalk program never worked properly on my computer so it removed itself from consideration. Nero seemed pretty cool â€“ it had basic digital editing and both normalizing and volume parameters (as an aside, I though normalizing=volume matching=level matchingâ€¦I guess they donâ€™t?). It also appeared to have a labelling feature but before I could try it, it expired. Even though it said it was a 30-day trial, it expired in under a week. No idea why.
Then, I came across Foobar2000, with â€œReplay Gainâ€ etcâ€¦.I am totally lost and confused. I am way out of my depth and really need some expert guidance. Based on my requirements, please tell me what to buy and Iâ€™ll buy it. If I can get everything in one standalone program, thatâ€™s fine, but Iâ€™m open to mixing and matching â€“ whatever you suggest. Thanks in advance.